The Coral Reef Club has the atmosphere of a country house hotel in the tropics. It has been run by the O’Hara family since the 1950s. Spread over 12 acres of glorious gardens, it delivers graceful, old-school luxury better than any other Barbados hotel – and as such, it has a loyal, largely British following.
In the 1950s, Budge and Cynthia O’Hara set sail for Barbados from England, spending their honeymoon on a passenger cargo ship. Their plan was to spend 3 years in Barbados where Budge was to be the general manager of Coral Reef Club, a fledgling hotel property that was being slowly developed on 12 acres of beachfront property, with cottages and small coralstone buildings housing the charming accommodation.
Cynthia soon became involved also, ensuring that the gardens changed from sandy scrub-like vegetation to mature gardens with lots of trees and beautiful flowering shrubs. She then arranged for every arrival to have fresh flowers in the room and flowers abounded in the public areas. The interiors soon had a more stylish touch and so began a very happy union, both between Budge and Cynthia, and the O’Haras and Barbados, that has spanned many decades now.
Number of Bedrooms
- Boutique Hotel
- Coral Reef
- Fine Dining
- Fitness Center
- Fine Dining
- Eco Tours
- Scuba Diving
- Water Sports
Highlights & Reviews
- In a prime spot on the west coast, just north of Holetown. Its beach is not one of the best, but the hotel's lovely big main swimming pool somewhat compensates.
- Paths meander through grounds full of frangipani, bougainvillea, palms, ponds and much else besides - there are regular tours of the grounds. Bedrooms and public areas are, for the most part, the epitome of unshowy elegance, with colonial-era prints on coral rock walls. The beautifully designed spa feels perfectly integrated with the gardens.
- The 88 individually designed rooms occupy a dozen buildings dotted around the grounds. Top-of-the-range Plantation Suites (which are very showy) and Luxury Cottage Suites (more understated) come with their own plunge pools, but the much more affordable Garden rooms offer more than enough space and comfort for most bookers. TVs are available on request - and you're no longer charged extra for having one.
Hotel AddressCoral Reef Club
Porters, St. James